What does an artist do with $5,000, a public promenade, and 400,000 people? ArtPrize is teaming up with 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati to find out.  

Every fall, over 1,500 artists from around the world descend on Grand Rapids, Michigan, to compete for half a million dollars in prizes. Their installations fill the city, from museums and galleries to restaurants, banks, and city parks. During the two-and-a-half-week exhibition, the public votes to choose the winner of a $200,000 grand prize and four $20,000 category winners. Simultaneously, world-renowned jurors select a $200,000 Juried Grand Prize winner, and four $20,000 juried category winners.

New for 2014, ArtPrize is expanding Pitch Night to Cincinnati, Ohio. ArtPrize is partnering with 21c Museum Hotels, whose Cincinnati location will host the event. Artists from the area will pitch ideas for installations on Louis Campau Promenade, a public pedestrian walkway and garden that connects major downtown hotels to the Grand Rapids Art Museum and other key ArtPrize locations. 

Pitch Night Cincinnati will take place on May 22 at 7:00 p.m. at 21c Museum Hotel. Five artists will be selected to give a five-minute presentation using five slides each. A panel of five experts and the audience will be able to ask questions of the artists following the presentations. The panel will select the winner, who receives a $5,000 grant to realize their proposal on the Louis Campau Promenade during ArtPrize 2014.

Pitch Night Cincinnati is presented by Delta Air Lines.

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How to apply

Between April 21 and May 12, Cincinnati area artists must submit a proposal (maximum 500 words), an artist CV, and up to five images, all by e-mail to pitchnight@artprize.org. Give us an idea of what you'd present at Pitch Night, and what you'd like to put on the promenade.

Interested artists are encouraged to attend an information session with a representative from ArtPrize on April 17 at 7:00 p.m. at 21c Museum Hotel.

Who can apply?

ArtPrize is open to any artist, but Pitch Night Cincinnati is intended for artists from the greater Cincinnati area. All ArtPrize eligibility rules apply. Artists must be 18, and collaborative groups are welcome. There are more eligibility requirements listed here and in the Artist Rules.

What can be put on Louis Campau Promenade? How crazy can it get?

Pretty crazy, but there are limits. Part of the process of selecting which five artists get to pitch their proposals will include a review by City of Grand Rapids officials to ensure there are no red flags. For more information about the space and what's allowed, see Louis Campau Promenade Information below.

What should a pitch presentation include?

If you're one of the five artists selected to present, you'll have five minutes and five slides—the details are up to you. Be entertaining and informative. Be prepared to answer questions from the judges and the audience. Above all, you'll need to convince the judges that your project is the best, and that the $5,000 grant will make it possible.

What happens if my pitch wins?

Several things. One, we'll register you as an artist on ArtPrize.org at no cost (normally registering as an artist costs $50). We'll connect you with the Louis Campau Promenade venue, because every artist in ArtPrize must be officially connected to a venue on ArtPrize.org. We'll give you the $5,000 as a lump sum. It's up to you how you use those funds to install the artwork (materials, shipping, travel, etc.). You'll then work with an installation coordinator hired by the City of Grand Rapids to work out the details of installing the work before ArtPrize begins on September 24.

Louis Campau Promenade Information

Louis Campau Promenade is named for the first permanent European settler in Grand Rapids. A deteriorated urban open space was renovated in 2008 and 2009 to create an attractive and vibrant connection between the Grand River and the new JW Marriott Hotel on the west, and the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Maya Lin's Ecliptic and the heart of Downtown to the east. 

The permanent sculpture pedestal installed as a part of the renovation is designed to prominently display temporary works of art. 

Earliest permissible date for an installation at this location is THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 at Noon EST. All installations need to be removed no later than FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. EST. Installations must not block the walkways.

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